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Summer Lies by Bernhard Schlink
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Sep 06, 2012

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“It was still warm; there was none of the sharpness in the air that can signal the nearness of fall on a late-summer evening; rather, it held the promise of a long, gentle end to the summer” (35).
“Then he was tired of having a bad conscience. He didn’t owe Therese anything” (41).
“Not that any of it was so important to him. He rejoiced over every event that fell through, every appointment that got canceled, every political invitation and demand that failed to make its way to his mailbox or his e-mail” (42).
“Does all happiness yearn to be eternal? Like all desire? No, he thought, what it yearns for is continuity” (70).
“Just as he had pushed away the fact that it was vanity that allowed him to court Barbara and serve Helena, and that he often found the effort in service of that vanity exhausting” (142).

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